• Cruising the headland corners. photo: Destination Great Lake Taupō

The Great Lake’s Great Ride

September 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Using a superlative to name this trail is a no-brainer. While the ‘great lake’ is not on the scale of the Great Lakes of the USA, it is our country’s biggest lake and nearly twice the size of the next largest. I was expecting a lot from this trail when I visited the area, as [...]

  • Tokaanu Thermal Walk is a pleasant 20-minute ramble

Central Plateau – Tokaanu’s Happy Hot Spot

September 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s surprising how satisfying a close-up view of pulsating mud, punctuated by gurgling and plopping sounds, can be. A rain shower had just passed over and rising mist from a dozen fizzing, simmering hot pools created an atmospheric, ethereal scene that seemed to swallow me up. The walk I’m on is short but stunning, with [...]